Have you ever wondered how roses are grown, where they grow, and the manner they are grown? Be it the white roses, red roses, or even the yellow roses. The rose flowers have various uses for a man.
These uses include: manufacturing of perfumes and air purifiers, making of dyes, making rose tea, and medicinal purposes among many others.
These flowers are used in romantic occasions or environments. If you are thinking of growing rose flowers commercially or for your personal use, there are certain things that you should consider.
Things to Consider When Starting a Rose Garden
Roses don’t grow just anywhere, so you need to find an ideal physical location. While looking for a place, try to consider some factors, too.
- Temperature Conditions
The most appropriate conditions for the growth of roses are temperatures of between 15 degrees and 28 degrees Celsius. In addition, the plants should be grown in a place with direct sunlight for perfect growth. If the rose plants get inadequate light, they will not bloom. This will make them prone to pests and diseases.
You should be aware that high humidity affects the roses by exposing them to fungal diseases. Roses grow in a perfect straight plane when near the equator since the sun shines perpendicular to the plant.
They should be grown in well-drained organic soil. Soil testing is important to know the PH of the soil and how best you can improve the soil. Too acidic or alkaline soil can easily affect the growth of the roses. After testing your soil, you need to add the relevant nutrients, fertilizers, mulch, compost, and much more to make the soil better.
Ultimately, it is not mandatory to have your piece of land. You can agree with the respective owner of a piece of land to rent his or her land for a certain period.
4. Planting Time
Most incidences of the blooming of these flowers are the spring season and fall season. Some rose types bloom regularly which are known as “repeat” bloomers.
Roses are best planted in the spring or at least six weeks before your average first frost. One advantage of planting early enough is it gives the rose plants’ roots enough time to get established before the plants go dormant over the winter period.
When planting, the planting hole needs to be deep enough and wide enough to accommodate the roots.
For young roses, water every two or three days. If they are big enough, water them once or twice a week. The best time to water the rose plants is after fertilizing which aids in moving nutrients to the root adequately.
Make the first application about four to six weeks before growth begins in spring.
How to Maintain a Rose Garden
To maintain your rose garden; you need to control pests and diseases, cut the flowers off, clear, and treat the plants. In rose gardens, pests and diseases can easily affect your plants.
- Use of Helpful Bugs
When it comes to a rose garden, there are various ways in which you can control these pests. You can try the cheapest and simplest method, which is using bugs.
Some of the helpful bugs in the garden are ladybugs, minute pirate bugs, assassin bugs, spine soldier bugs, soldier beetles, ground beetles, and robber flies.
You can attract these bugs by growing certain weeds and pollen-laden flowers.
- Use of Organic Pesticides
If you are not into the bugs’ idea, you could then use the other alternative of using pesticides. However, try to use organic methods to maintain your rose garden.
Some of the common pests and insects that affect rose plants are aphids, mites, thrips, rose slugs, rose scale, and leaf-cutting bees.
A mixture of baking soda and oil mixture for natural fungal control would help keep off the pests. You can make it by adding 4 teaspoons of baking soda, one teaspoon of cooking oil, and a teaspoon of dish soap to a gallon of water.
You are then supposed to spray the mixture on the roses’ foliage.
You are expected to prune to remove dead parts or even parts that might be having diseases. For all climbing roses, eliminate branches that are crossing or rubbing against the flowers. You are recommended to cut side shoots back to 2 to 3 inches.
Pruning encourages maximum bloom production. You could try to put banana peels on the roots of the rose plants since they contain phosphorous and aid in the blooming of rose flowers.
- Use of Mulch
Regular inspection is required to ensure there are no hitches in the garden. Mulching is a good idea in improving the blooming since it maintains the moisture in the soil and adds nutrients, too.
Cost of Starting the Rose Garden
This is the most important factor since it initializes the project. You need to have a budget before starting a rose garden.
You should consider the cost of fertilizers, seedlings, irrigation methods, and land if you are intending to rent. Not only does the initial cost matter but the maintenance cost since you will need to redeem some of the requirements now and then and money is required there.
If you are doing it commercially and you require extra labor, you should then consider monthly wages too. It is, therefore, better to plan this whole project seriously and analyze it well if you are planning to do it commercially.
Start Your Rose Garden now!
Therefore, starting a rose garden is not as simple but also not as hard. It all requires patience and consistency. Good spacing determines the kind of yield you will get. The most appropriate spacing for rose plants is 3 to 5 feet apart.
Indeed there is no simple thing to start both in the business world and agriculture world. They all have their requirements and need time and attention to prosper. Do thorough research to know whether you will start an organic garden or a rose garden.